Hi Biochar Team,
Long time background observer and first time poster here. I need your help.
I am a Master student at a university on the south island of New Zealand. My degree is going to be in applied soil (and climate) science. The current situation is such that if I wanted to, I could get a hold of kontiki biochar made of woody feedstock with my own efforts. Quite surprisingly, there isn't anyone who can provide it to me in large quantities, or if so, it's one type of boiler ash. There is also a current demand in the market for biochar and I am regularly approached, which is exciting but frustrating. I don't live on a property with feedstock, even if I wanted to get into the production side. The timing is poor to have this 'scarcity dilemma' because I am now entering my research year. It's prime time to show the potential to interested parties in experimental design not production methods. This to be a real problem now that I get further into my research. I need various types of biochar, in large quantities, very quickly.
What sort of batch kiln technology can I potentially get out here and at what price range? I need something reaching 450-500 degrees C for non woody feedstocks like manures, food processing wastes and crop residues. I also would like another kiln that reaches higher temperatures 650+, but something that can take pine chips. Ideally these would both mobile enough to transport on a trailer if I had to. Just trying to figure out if this is possible to raise funds in a short time, or if I need to come up with another plan.
Running out of time to read a million posts down the rabbit hole...so thank you for your input.